Posted 08-09-2004 at 22:34:13
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LIFE IS NOT FOR SISSIES!
OK I admit it, I some times get a little down and discourage about life in
general. Like many of you I have to ask myself, where in the world are we going
in this country? Look at the prices, the taxes, the unemployment, the cost of
rent or owning and maintaining a home, bills in general, shape of our society
and our world. We all struggle with those things don't we, but it is part of
life. We can either give into the pressure or get over it and get on with life.
A friend, "Grace" sent me a note this week and shared that her grandfather used
to say, "Life is not for sissies". I think he was right on the money with that
statement, life is sometimes hard to deal with, but look at our choice of
Someone said, "you can tell a lot about the size of a person, by the size of the
problems that upset him or her". What constitutes a big problem to you? If you
had to judge what kind of character you had, or how big a person you were, by
how you react to problems, what would you think of yourself?
Let me set this up for you. A couple of weeks ago we got our natural gas bill
from Vectren, our gas provider. To say the least it was high, in fact almost
three times higher than our normal bill. Like the practical person I am, I
didn't get upset; I just called and talked to a nice lady about the problem. She
assured me it was because they couldn't get in to the house to read the meter
and just estimated the bill. She had me go down into the basement and read the
meter to her and said they would send me an adjusted bill.
Well, today, true to her word we received the adjusted bill. I actually had to
read it a couple of times to make sure I was seeing right, but the bill said
that we now owed $102,515.43 for last months gas usage. No, you didn't read that
wrong. It was for one hundred and two thousand five hundred fifteen dollars and
forty three cents.
I am just a little weird, because I just had to laugh! I showed the bill to my
wife and she said, "I think we had better move!" I laughed because I knew it had
to be a mistake and from experience I knew that it would eventually get
Melody called Vectren Energy (the gas company) and talked to them this time. The
nice lady called up our bill on the screen and said, "Oh, that can't be right."
They made a special appointment for someone to come out and read the meter
tomorrow and hopefully we will get the whole mess straightened out.
Someone once said, "you can tell a lot about a persons character by how they
react to adversity". Now, I don't know if this incident fits into adversity, it
might have for some folks. I'm not sure what it says about my character the way
I handled it either.
I know that our world and our society has some problems. I know that each of us
is facing some kind of problem in our own life. Sometimes it is a life
threatening problem, sometimes it is a comfort problem and sometimes it is a
desire problem. How are you handling them? Because "life is not for sissies".
Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-29, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry
heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach
you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls."
Here's hoping and saying a prayer that everyone finds the rest they need and an ease of their burdens, whatever they may be : )